More support came for the Clippers on Wednesday night in the form of Danilo Gallinari, his return from an absence of 13 games while recovering from an effort on the left glute giving them a much-needed healthy body.
But even Gallinari's return could not prevent the Clippers from falling into a four-game losing streak after a 113-107 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.
Gallinari had been out with his injury for four weeks and was shown during his restricted game 26 minutes.
His timing was clearly off, showing two of 13 shots from the field and one of five shots from the three-point range, leaving him with seven points.
"I wanted to be better," said Gallinari, who missed his six shots in the second half. "I did not expect to shoot the ball so bad, so I wanted to be better, I was hoping to be better already, but I was not, so I hope the next game is better."
"I was trying to be aggressive and put the ball in the basket, but it was not working. And it has to work. "
The Clippers tried to put Gallinari in the position of being an effective scorer
but he did not appear to be in the best condition, which was to be expected due to his dismissal.
Gallo had problems, "Clippers coach Doc Rivers said." As I said before the game, we did not expect it [to be effective]. You could see that he came to the edge over and over again. He simply could not convert. That's what happens when you lose so many games in a row and you play in an NBA game. "
The Clippers were forced to resort to their usual characters to help them against the Timberwolves.
Austin Rivers (23 points)) , Lou Williams (23 points, eight assists) and DeAndre Jordan (1
But they were no match for a Timberwolves team that had all five of its starters in double digits, which was A long way to help Minnesota beat the Clippers for the second time in four days
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague had 19 points and Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson were 16.
But what bothered Doc Rivers the most was his team's lack of effort in the first half, which ended with the Clippers 62-49.
That advantage went up to 19 points in the third quarter before the Clippers mont or a rally that fell short.
"I like d our second half effort," Rivers said. "I did not think we would go out and play with a lot of energy, a lot of defensive energy, I thought we were better in the second half."
Behind Williams and Jordan's play, the Clippers cut a 78-59 deficit in the third quarter to 103-100 at the end of the quarter.
But once again, Butler closed the door on the Clippers, along with a little help from Wiggins.
Wiggins scored, Butler made two free throws and a basket and Wiggins scored again for a 111-100 Timberwolves lead that spelled the end for the Clippers.
When the game was over, Gallinari sat in his locker with both knees wrapped in ice.
He regretted his game and that of the Clippers
"I feel good, but it's not good because we lost," said Gallinari. "We need to find a way to win the next one."